Geelong Field Naturalists Club

The GFNC is a club for anyone interested in wildlife, plants, or conservation in the Geelong region.
The club holds monthly meetings (via a mix of Zoom and face to face) and excursions.
Most meetings have presentations from specialists in aspects of natural history and conservation.

Info on how to join is here
 
 

Events Calendar

Wider Geelong Flora Lecture: Plant Root Modifications
Tuesday 09 August 2022, 07:30pm - 09:00pm
This repeat is an exception to the normal repeat pattern
Contact Barry Lingham

1. Cluster/Proteoid Roots in Australian Proteaceae
2. Vesicular Arbuscular Mycorrhiza (VAM); a plant/fungi symbiotic relationship

GFNC member, Brad Ferrier has extensive botanical knowledge gained during many decades of experience as an educator, nurseryman, landscape designer and revegetation contractor. In this presentation, Brad will explain how many Australian plants manage to thrive in soils that are so nutrient deficient that northern hemisphere plants cannot survive in the soils without the addition of fertilisers?

The answer to this intriguing question lies in special adaptations that many Australian plants have been able to make to their root systems. One adaptation is the development of specialised roots known as Cluster or Proteoid roots. Another adaptation is the symbiotic relationship with special fungi known as Vesicular Arbuscular Mycorrhiza (VAM) that allow nutrient absorption by the plant roots. 

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